Ah yes.áA year that Lakers fans have tried in vain to forget for so long, in which a lack of a true center (Kwame Brown was our starter) along with the flight ofáa coachá(Rudy Tomjanovich) before the All-Star break led to a 34-48 record.
It was good forálast in the Pacific Division, 12th in the Western Conference.
The Lakers missedáthe playoffs for only the fifth time in franchise history.
On the bright side, a deplorable season usually leads to a good draft, and the Lakers found themselves in unfamiliar territory: the NBA draft lottery.
With the 10th pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, the Lakers took a 7 foot, 17-year-old kid out of St. Joseph High School in New Jersey, passing up Nate Robinson, Danny Granger and David Lee.
Four years andáone championship later ...
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Article written by Malcolm Martin